Festival Insights NEWS: Open Source and Low Tech Disruption in Event Technology

Richard Fletcher is a researcher in festival and events with a particular focus on quantitative methods and audience surveys. He predominately works freelance or in association with De Montfort University, Leicester. You can find more of his work here, and can find him on Twitter here. For an industry so grounded in the physical world and live experiences, there is little doubt that event technology has diversified and grown rapidly in recent years. Event Tech Live, an exhibition of over 100 suppliers is in its sixth year, and there are over 400 entries for ‘Event Management Software’ to be found on review site Capterra. Few will be unaware of the emergence of giants like Eventbrite, probably going public some time […]

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The Guardian festival blog: Police search for man after alleged sexual assault at St Kilda Listen Out music festival | Australia news

Police are investigating an alleged sexual assault that occurred at a music festival in St Kilda on Saturday. The alleged assault occurred in the mosh pit for the main stage of the Listen Out festival at Catani Gardens about 8pm. Police say the female victim was dancing in the mosh pit when an unknown male began dancing behind her. “The female tried to move away from him but he has grabbed her by the waist and pulled her toward him,” Victoria police said. “The male then grabbed the victim around the neck and placed his hand inside the victims clothing and sexually assaulted her. The female has managed to elbow the male to his face and left the mosh pit […]

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Festival Insights NEWS: Electronic Music Conference reveals programme for 2018

AUSTRALIA: Sydney’s Electronic Music Conference – set to take place from November 12 – 17 – has revealed its programme for 2018. Covering all facets of electronic music business and culture, the Conference will include keynotes, In Conversations, workshops, masterclasses, breakout sessions and networking events from November 14 – 15. Combined with the event will be EMCPLAY – five nights of after dark parties, club nights, film screenings and pop-ups. Across the parties and conference, the likes of Sasha, Gilles Peterson, Blond:Ish, Late Nite Tuff Guy and Greg Wilson will appear. Things kick off on November 12 with the one-day forum Global Cities After Dark, which focuses on the night-time economy and culture. EMC presents this forum in partnership with […]

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Festival Insights NEWS: An Interview with Brunch in the Park

Spanning several major cities on the Iberian Peninsula, Brunch in the Park’s serial format and exceptionally socially conscious practices make it a festival unlike most. From its proactive community outreach to its robust sexual harassment policies and novel approaches to sustainability, Brunch always makes sure to positively impact its local scenes and in the process has become a shining example to the wider world. Insights spoke with Brunch’s Director and co-founder, Loic Le Joliff, about the festival’s commitment to inclusivity, its environmental policies, and more. Festival Insights: Brunch in the Park’s ethos seems to be just as essential to its character as the locations or music, and you make a point of ensuring that each event has a positive impact […]

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Festival Insights NEWS: Just So Festival receives Sustainable Tourism award

UK: Cheshire’s Just So Festival has been awarded the ‘Sustainable Tourism’ Award at the 14th annual Marketing Cheshire Tourism Awards. The winners were announced at the ceremony on September 13 in Chester’s Carden Park Hotel. Just So Festival’s commitment to sustainable practices informs every part of their business. All onsite vendors use re-usable cups, and since 2018 vendors have been banned from selling single use water bottles. Multiple water refill points have been installed across the site to make using reusable bottles more convenient. All food waste is composted and they work with a disposal company to make sure none of the festival’s waste finds its way to landfill. The festival aims to reduce the use of fossil fuels by […]

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Festival Insights NEWS: Ben Howard to headline BBC Music Introducing Live

UK: BBC Music Introducing Live has announced that singer-songwriter, musician and composer Ben Howard will be bringing his mercurial blend of folk and rock music to London’s Tobacco Dock for an intimate headline performance on November 8, with support from Marika Hackman. Ben Howard’s crossover of wistful folk and indie rock caught the attention of BBC Introducing DJs back in 2011, and has since earned him a Brit Award for Best Male Solo Artist. He’ll be bringing his trusty guitar to the stage on Thursday night with tracks from his new album Noonday Dream. Also joining the line-up will be Glastonbury Festival organiser Emily Eavis, who will join BBC Radio 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne for an exclusive insight into how […]

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Festival Insights NEWS: Association of Festival Organisers Conference dates announced

UK: The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) has announced the dates for its 2018 Conference. Now in its 32nd year, the Conference will take place from November 9 – 11 at the Stratford Manor Conference Centre and Hotel near Stratford upon Avon. Over the years the AFO Conference has played a pivotal role in raising awareness of the socioeconomic impact of the festival and events industry, and has brought about changes in the attitudes and image of the sector. This year’s Conference will continue to play that role with seminars covering sensitive, political and day-to-day topics. Discussions and talks will aim to address ways in which the festival industry can play its part in helping to conserve valuable resources and […]

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Festival Insights NEWS: Festicket appoints Lauren Pye to lead new North American expansion

UK: Festicket, the world’s largest online booking portal for music festivals, has appointed Lauren Pye as its North American President. This is the first US appointment for Festicket, which currently has operations in London, Amsterdam, Berlin and Porto. In her new role, Pye will lead Festicket’s new office in San Francisco, with the aim of introducing Festicket into the North American market. Pye joins Festicket from Live Nation Entertainment, where she was VP of Sales for its General Admission division, Universe. Experienced in building and scaling teams for start-ups, Pye’s prior experience includes stints at eBay and StyleSeat. The appointment comes at a key time for Festicket, with the company having seen an average annual sales growth of +146% since […]

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Festival Insights NEWS: The Future of Travel in the Festival Industry

Chris Johnson is the co-founder of Energy Revolution, a charity that compensates for carbon emissions incurred through festival travel. He is also a Director of Kambe Events, as well as the co-founder and chair of Powerful Thinking, the UK festival industry forum on sustainable energy. We have learned that travel typically accounts for 80% of an average UK festival’s emissions. How people and equipment get on and off site is therefore a key area to address if, as event organisers, we are serious about tackling environmental impacts. But what can what are the quick-wins, who’s doing what in the industry, is carbon balancing really a valid part of the solution, how is travel changing around us, and what does the […]

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Festival Insights NEWS: An Interview with Skiddle | Festival Insights

Following the widely reported disaster that was last year’s Hope & Glory Festival, Skiddle – one of the failed event’s two primary ticketing outlets – made the ‘unprecedented’ decision to refund each and every snubbed attendee out of its own pocket, incurring a decidedly non-trivial loss of £65,000 in the process. Moves such as this, coupled with the company’s strong editorial voice, unique consumer friendly features and support for positive industry initiatives, suggest that Skiddle is intent on going beyond what is expected of a typical ticketing agent. Insights recently spoke with Victoria Bamber – Skiddle’s Head of Communications – about the latest developments within the company and the wider festival scene. Festival Insights: It’s been a couple of years […]

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